Following the Manufacturer’s Warnings

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Just read Psalm 19. WOW it’s beautiful. It is telling us that God’s laws, precepts, and decrees are beautiful and designed by a loving God to keep us safe and bless us. The Psalmist writes of the dependability, beauty, and warmth of the sky and sun as a metaphor for God’s creation of His laws.

As I got to the end of this Psalm, I heard on the background news that Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of 1st degree murder of his friend, Oden Lloyd. It struck me as such a stark reminder of the TRUTH of this Psalm.

Aaron Hernandez was a handsome young NFL $40mil/year star. He had all the blessings that anyone could imagine. But he decided he could leave the laws of God behind. The result is that he will now spend the rest of his life in prison.

We are always at risk when we step outside of God’s laws, yet people who keep them are often the target of scoffers. We’ve all heard how narrow minded and “square ” Christians are. We’ve heard we should loosen up and have more fun!

When a pilot gets into a plane there’s a manufacturer’s warning that says not to climb to steeply or fast or the aircraft will stall out and crash. The pilot, thinks,”Good to know!” He/she does not think, “Oh that boring ol’ manufacturer just wants to keep me from having fun! What a buzzkill!”

But when it comes to life, some people want to take the place of the manufacturer and be their own Gods, leaving the manufacturers warnings behind. Our prisons are not full because too many people follow the laws of God. Many only learn this hard lesson after they have tried to be their own God and make up their own rules. By that time, the may lose their freedom for life…just like Aaron Hernandez, and so many like him.

God has given us rules because He loves each and every one of us and wants to keep us safe. His words are the Manufacturer’s Warnings so our lives don’t stall out and crash.

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14

6 thoughts on “Following the Manufacturer’s Warnings”

  1. After reading this I immediately took my Bible, I had to see how the Psalm sounds in Finnish. It is amazing! This Psalm gives everything, security, presence, perpetuity from my Father God. It gives all glory to Him, even the Heavens declare. A simple man becomes wise by following the Lord’s trustworthy decrees, how great is that!
    Dear Cheri, your story about Aaron Hernandez, how he ruined his life by not following God’s law, is scary and it is a “good thing”. What really matters is the interaction with Father God, me surrendering wholly to Him and my willingness to follow every letter of His law. And I can come to Him through Jesus Christ, I will know Him when I know Lord Jesus.
    There is so much joy in the Lord, Hallelujah!

    The instructions of the LORD are perfect,
    reviving the soul.
    The decrees of the LORD are trustworthy,
    making wise the simple. Psalm 19:7

  2. Cheri just read this on Psalm 19 so true your words & we are blessed because GOD gave us instructions for life. When wd use them we have more fun than carnal minded persons do cause we joy IN THE LORD.
    thank you

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